Reflecting Tradition

Artist bridging past and future with reverse glass painting A traditional art form has an unlikely champion in student Nguyen Duc Huy. The 22-year-old, in his second year of graphic design at Ton Duc Thang University, is an avid collector of reverse glass paintings. While reverse glass painting has been practiced as an art form

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The Look Of Lacquer

The paradoxes that produce lacquer painting Lacquer is a natural medium, but it forces you to be in a certain environment and in a certain geography to work. Visual artist Phi Phi Oanh, who works with lacquer, says lacquer is affected by its habitat, humidity, heat, time and even space. This makes lacquer painting a labor-

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Anatomy of a Class

In District 2, nude-figure sketch classes drawing attention When Hoang Dang Khoa looked at the naked woman in front of him on a Sunday afternoon, he didn’t see a body. “I see shadow and planes. It’s confusing,” he said, searching for the right words to describe how a live person looks to an artist. “But

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The Design Less Drafted

Cross ventilation, natural sunlight and community development are some of the building blocks that make this architect couple the ones to watch Choosing the path less traveled often proves to be the more difficult journey, but that scarcely used track is often the more enriching path, leading to innovation, and it’s there where Phan Lam

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Moving Forward

Welcome to the third dimension of graphic designing Dinh Phuong Tung had been working as a career 2D graphic designer when he decided to make the turn into 3D design two years ago. He’s taken an autodidact approach to the career change electing to teach himself, which he described as “a painful process. A lot

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Invitation to Travel

Oi speaks to Charles Gallavardin, Founder, General Director and Architect at T3 Architects, on their first project designing the cruise ship Emerald Harmony What was it like to work on the design of a ship compared to a land-based project? It is very exciting to work on a river cruise ship project as it was

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Walk With Purpose

Saigon Photowalk (SPW, www.facebook.com/Saigonphotowalk) is a group of local and international photography enthusiasts who regularly explore and capture the essence of Ho Chi Minh City. Started in 2018, Juan Carlos Duran Solorzano created a movement of like-minded creatives, aiming to document Saigon’s dynamic street scenes, daily life and more. Built on the foundations of respect

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Patterns & People

Audrey Charles, the Creative Director behind fashion label Metiseko, talks cultural inspiration, textile designing and respecting local artisans Prior to your post as Creative Director at Metiseko, you also worked in interior and furniture design. What drew you to the world of textile art and fashion designing? How are the two industries different and similar?

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In and Out of The Box

Meet the mulitmedia visual designer and innovative art solution gurus behind The Box Collective Trung Le, founder of visual design studio The Box Collective (www.theboxcollective.tv), has an office with a glass door that on Oi’s visit bore the dry erase markers plans of their upcoming project: the 2020 New Year’s countdown on Nguyen Hue. It’s

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Coming Home Again

In 1974 Thanh Lan was at the height of her career in Saigon, now 45 years later she returns to the city to relive her glory days A voice has returned to Saigon that has been absent for a long time and is once again home. First returning to Saigon in 2017 after an absence

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